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Resignation of Director of Institutional Research & Analysis
October 31, 2006, Volume 53, No. 10

Dr. Bernard F. Lentz has resigned from his position as Director of Institutional Research and Analysis, effective on November 17, to become Executive Director for Institutional Research reporting to the President of Drexel University.  Dr. Lentz will serve as a senior advisor to Dr. Constantine Papadakis.

 Dr. Lentz has led the Institutional Research Office at Penn since January 2, 1997 (Almanac December 10, 1996). During his tenure, Dr. Lentz was responsible for providing the President, Provost and senior administrators with the information they needed to make strategic decisions about the management and direction of the University. He also provided information to the Faculty Senate, University committees, and others that facilitated their work in advising the administration on a wide array of issues. In addition, he was responsible for coordinating the University’s responses for reports to various governmental and governing bodies as well as to organizations that compile data that allows for meaningful comparisons with peer institutions.  “Barney also served as an important representative of the University and the Provost on a number of internal and external committees, including the Gender and Minority Equity Committees, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, the Association of American Universities Data Exchange, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Research Council,” said Provost Ron Daniels.

 “Penn has been the grateful beneficiary of Barney’s dedicated service for almost 10 years. His work and collaboration with colleagues on and off campus has helped to significantly improve our decision-making processes at Penn by providing essential quantitative analysis and comparisons across schools and peer institutions,” said Joann Mitchell, vice president of institutional affairs.  “We know that you will join us in wishing Barney well in his new position as he undertakes this exciting next step in a distinguished academic and administrative career,” she added. 

 An interim director of the office will be named shortly and a search for a new director will begin immediately.

Almanac - October 31, 2006, Volume 53, No. 10